Roto-Rooter Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

Roto-Rooter Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes plumbing gets the best of us. There are a lot of tricky plumbing situations that make homeowners want to throw their hands up in exasperation. Perhaps you’re one of these people who have been battling the same frustrating plumbing problem for over a week. There’s a good chance that you aren’t alone in your plumbing frustrations; most people experience the same kind of plumbing problems on a regular basis. Roto-Rooter answered some of the most frequently asked plumbing questions out there. From clogged garbage disposals to poorly-draining showers and sinks, here are some of plumbing’s toughest problems and how to deal with them.

The Garbage Disposal Has Stopped Working

You might be surprised to hear that this is a very common problem. Many people mistakenly believe that a variety of food items can be put down the garbage disposal; unfortunately, it’s these food items that often cause the disposal to quit working. The following food items can block the garbage disposal and should be avoided:

  • Egg shells
  • Starchy vegetable peels, such as potatoes
  • Stringy vegetables, such as celery and pumpkin pulp
  • Coffee grounds or loose-leaf tea
  • Bones
  • Pasta
  • Oil, grease and fat

If you avoid putting these food items down your garbage disposal, you shouldn’t have to worry about it breaking. If your garbage disposal is still broken, however, call your local Roto-Rooter plumber to have the issue checked out as soon as possible. Never attempt to dislodge a disposal blockage by yourself; you could cause substantial and long-reaching damage.

The Bathroom Sink Isn’t Draining Right

If your bathroom sink is draining slower than a snail, then you definitely have some issues in the drian line. Most likely there’s a small buildup of hair and debris in the drain; you can fix this by removing the drain stopper and cleaning the debris (you might want to put on gloves first). If this doesn’t return your sink to normal, then you’ve most likely got a larger blockage in the pipes below. Don’t try to dismantle your sink solo; contact Littleton Roto-Rooter to come out and professionally asses it. In the meantime, avoid rinsing these items down your bathroom sink:

  • Clots of hair
  • Paper towel or toilet paper pieces
  • Cotton balls, Q-tips and other beauty aids
  • Bits of soap
  • Gels, such as hair products or toothpastes
  • Grease or oil

By avoiding these items, you can keep your bathroom sink draining at a normal rate. Whatever you do, don’t use chemical drain cleaners to alleviate the situation; these cleaners are usually acid-based and can cause burns to the skin, as well as damage your pipes.

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